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June 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Author talk
  • Fiction

Desperate Undertaking

A night in with Lindsey Davis


Online via Zoom,
Donations welcome, booking required

In partnership with Essex Libraries, we bring you this online event with best-selling historical novelist Lindsey Davis. Desperate Undertaking is the tenth, witty, must-read book in the acclaimed fun and feisty historical crime fiction series featuring Flavia Albia. So, sit back, relax and join Lindsey for a glimpse through a window into ancient Rome from the comfort of your own home.


Venue: Digital

Date and time: Tuesday 7th June, 7.00pm

Tickets: Free, booking essential

Box Office: Book tickets online at our eventbrite page


Desperate Undertaking

Desperate Undertaking cover-min

Rome, the very end of December. The Field of Mars is packed with monuments, none more beautiful than Domitian’s new Odeon and Stadium. But the area has been overtaken by ugly events: elaborately staged murders. Someone bears a spectacular grudge against the theatrical community, and intends to get revenge in the most spectacular way possible. The killer’s method is to re-enact bloody scenes fromvthe gruesome side of popular theatre, where characters in plays really die on stage.

A figure from the past wants Flavia Albia’s father to investigate, but Falco is out of Rome for the holidays. Albia seizes the commission. And begins to regret doing so almost immediately. ‘The undertaker did it!’ the first victim croaks before expiring. This seems to make no sense, because surely people are already dead when they go to their funeral?

Though there is a serial killer at large, the authorities would prefer a cover-up but Albia is driven to discover what is going on. How much blood must be shed before the mania ends? And could her own family be on the list for a frightful stage death?

Buy a copy of Desperate Undertaking on bookshop.org


About the Author

Lindsey Davis Photo credit Ed Shaw-min

Historical novelist Lindsey Davis is best known for her novels set in Ancient Rome, including the much-loved Marcus Didius Falco series, although she has also written about the English Civil War, including in 2014 A Cruel Fate, a book for the Quick Reads literacy initiative. Her examination of the paranoid reign of the roman emperor Domitian began with Master and God, a standalone novel, leading to her new series about Flavia Albia, set in that dark period.

Her books are translated and have been dramatised on BBC Radio 4. Her many awards include the Premio Colosseo (from the city of Rome) and the Crime Writers’ Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. Most recently she was the inaugural winner of the Barcino (Barcelona)International Historical Novel Prize.

Photo of Lindsey Davis © Ed Shaw



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